Run time: 89 mins
The White Cliffs of Dover, an enduring symbol of British (isolated) nationalism, take on a different meaning in After Love.
Mary (Joanna Scanlan) is a British Muslim convert who is happily married to Ahmed (Nasser Memarzia). Fully integrated into his culture, she prays five times a day, wears traditional Pakistani dress, decorates her home with framed Islamic scripture and cooks aloo palak from scratch. When Ahmed dies suddenly Mary is devastated.
She goes through his belongings following his funeral and discovers that he had a secret family just across the Channel. Unable to go on without fully knowing the truth about the man she adored, she travels to Calais, leaving the collapsing cliffs in her wake.
Writer/director Aleem Khan’s quietly tragic script is brought to life through Scanlan’s powerhouse performance, with her heart-wrenching depiction of grief and vulnerability. Khan builds dramatic tension by letting the audience know more than certain characters, as we watch them edge closer to the truth. The images of Mary and the white cliffs of Dover will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. (Jack Whiting) One not to miss in our (dedicated) international Monday slot. But keep an eye on World films throughout every week.